Christopher Fischer has been Assistant Principal Violist of the North Carolina Symphony since 2007. Previous engagements have included Principal Viola of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Fellow at the New World Symphony. Born in Columbia, Missouri, Christopher holds degrees from Indiana University and University of Missouri. His principal teachers have included Atar Arad, Leslie Perna, and Yuval Gotlibovitch.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Borromeo Quartet and the Mallarmé Chamber Players, and was a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet. He appeared as a soloist with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra at the Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival and performed concerts with the orchestra in Europe and the United States. Playing with the International Sejong Soloists, a chamber orchestra based in New York City, he performed nationally-televised concerts at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. He has been a member of the North Carolina Symphony’s Ensembles in the Schools String Quartet since 2008 and has performed regularly in the North Carolina Symphony’s Manning Music Series.

Prior to joining the North Carolina Symphony, Christopher spent summers playing with orchestras at festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA, the Missouri Chamber Music Festival, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival.

He currently teaches viola at North Carolina State University, and has taught previously at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, the New World Symphony’s community music program, and St. Mary’s School in Raleigh.